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June 26, 1937

ORGANIZATION SECTION of the Journal of the American Medical Association: Devoted to the Organizational, Business, Economic and Social Aspects of Medical Practice

JAMA. 1937;108(26):133B-140B. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780260175048

Works Progress Administration Activities 

Hospital Construction and Repair  The type of hospital construction work being done by the Works Progress Administration comprises enlargement and modernization of old or overcrowded hospitals, notably hospitals for mental diseases; general repairs; removement of fire hazards; the replacing of wooden structures by steel and concrete buildings, and the building of new hospitals where need appeared, chiefly in the more sparsely settled states and younger communities. Nothing in the nature of a national hospital building program is being attempted.Under the Works Progress Administration more than 800 hospitals have been built or repaired. Under the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, eighty hospitals were built and 1,013 enlarged or repaired. Hospitals and sanatoriums for treatment of tuberculosis account for a large share of the new hospital construction. In Arizona a preventorium for potential cases of tuberculosis in children has been built by the Works Progress Administration.